ONS: 11 December 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union warned.
  • AMERICAS: President Nicolás Maduro says Venezuela’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election.
  • ASIA: The US, South Korea and Japan started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Several US-based climate scientists are about to win multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Public cinemas will be allowed in Saudi Arabia and will likely open early next year.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Germany warned China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Putin orders partial withdrawal of Russian troops.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit.
    • Putin left open the door to a further Russian presence in Syria, saying that both Russia’s air base at Khmeimim and naval base at Tartus would keep operating.
    • Putin made an unannounced stop in Syria on his way to meet the leaders of Egypt and Turkey.
    • Russia first launched airstrikes in Syria in SEP2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, dramatically increasing Moscow’s own influence in the Middle East.
    • Coverage: BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union warned. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The country’s opposition postponed plans to swear in its leader Raila Odinga as an alternative president, opening a window for possible talks with the government. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma is expected to make a decision on army deployment soon in response to surging gang violence. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Thousands of protesters marched in Honduras, calling for US support amidst presidential election turmoil. (MH)
  • Venezuela: Low turnout marked the country’s municipal elections, where the political opposition refused to participate due to their lack of trust in the National Electoral Council. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: The US, South Korea and Japan started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The country began a campaign to immunize 8 million children and teenagers against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly children, since January. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Indonesian anti-terrorism police detained 18 people with links to militant groups to cut the risk of attacks during Christmas and the New Years. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to extend martial law by one year to ensure the “total eradication” of pro-Islamic State group extremists. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: Several US-based climate scientists are about to win multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to the country. (AP)
  • Germany: Berlin police are trying to determine the source of 200 rounds of ammunition found in an underground parking lot. (AP)
  • Turkey: The trial began of dozens of suspects, including the alleged shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack that left 39 people dead in Istanbul. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: British PM Theresa May says there is a new sense of optimism in the Brexit talks. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to address the issues of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and reinvigorating negotiations on the peace process. (AP)
  • Region: US-backed militias in Syria set up a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The government will raise the case of a detained British-Iranian woman with the judiciary “out of humanitarian concerns” following a visit by Britain’s foreign secretary. (AP)
  • Iraq: Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government following the declaration of victory against the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Public cinemas will be allowed in the conservative kingdom and will likely open early next year. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Germany warned China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08DEC: 61,549 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 08DEC: 123,073 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 08DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 19NOV: 2,103 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
        • Deaths as of 19NOV: 733 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12DEC)

  • Global: International Day of Neutrality – Unknown
  • Croatia: Air Force Day – 1991
  • France: “One Planet” climate summit to open in Paris
  • Kenya: Jamhuri Day – 1963
  • Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga to hold an “inauguration ceremony” to protest President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election
  • Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe Day – Unknown
  • Poland: Parliament to hold a vote of confidence in new government
  • Russia: Constitution Day – 1993
  • Sweden: Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation CSO meeting to open in Stockholm (to 13DEC)
  • Ukraine: Ground Forces Day – 1992

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